Finding the Right Compact Utility Tractor for You

Compact Utility Tractor

posted on Friday, July 15, 2022 in News

Compact utility tractors (CUTs) bring all the versatility of the standard utility tractor while adding maneuverability, operating in smaller spaces, more compact storage options and easy-to-use implements to get all your work done. When determining the difference between a compact utility tractor and a standard utility tractor, you can read our Compact Utility Tractors 101.

Once you’ve determined that a compact utility tractor is what you’re looking for, it’s time to choose from the comprehensive lineup of John Deere sub-compact and compact utility tractors. Here are some basic questions you need to answer to find the right CUT for you.

Do you prefer a climate-controlled cab or an open operator station?

If you prefer a cab operator station, you should consider models in the 3 or 4 series, as the 1 and 2 provide some canopy options, but they do not come equipped with a closed cab.

Do you have an automatic or manual transmission preference?

Most small landowners embrace the hydrostatic transmission tractors for their ease of use, and in the sub-compact 1 Series and the compact 2 Series, this comes standard. But if you have heavy-duty tasks to work on, a manual transmission is something to consider, so you should be looking at the 3 Series and larger.

Is storing your tractor inside a traditional-size garage a requirement for you?

The John Deere 1 Series sub-compact tractors are the only ones that can be safely stored in a traditional garage. If you need a larger tractor, you need to consider an out-building or area to keep your equipment.

Do you have gates, paths or small spaces where wheelbase and mower deck width might be an issue?

John Deere has models with wheelbases ranging from 57 inches to 73 inches and turning radiuses from 8.2 feet to almost 10 feet. This choice comes down to the measurements of where you need to be operating or driving your tractor.

What type of property or operation are you working with your CUT?

Compact utility tractors are well-suited for private properties or commercial operations with anywhere from two to 100 acres of land. That can include anything from large properties and hobby farms to orchards and vineyards.

Once you have chosen a compact utility tractor for your use, you can consider the many implements available for the 1 Series, 2 Series, 3 Series and 4 Series John Deere CUTs. Smaller models are rated for category 1 implements, while the larger models are rated for categories 1 and 2 and have a 3-point hitch. Available implements include, but are not limited to:

  • Drive-over AutoConnectTM Mid-mount mower deck
  • Loaders (Buckets, Pallet Forks)
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Rear mount grooming mower
  • Front blade
  • Standard-duty tiller
  • Backhoe
  • Post hole digger
  • Augers
  • Overseeder
  • Rear Box Blade

With these tools, you can handle just about any task involving:

  • Mowing
  • Landscaping
  • Cutting rough terrain
  • Tilling
  • Grading and leveling
  • Building fences
  • Removing stumps
  • Snow removal
  • Handling hay

When you need your small tractor to make a big impact, the compact utility tractor is the Swiss army knife of equipment. With many sizes and function options to choose from, it can be challenging to be confident you are making the right choice for your needs. Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team can help you understand which John Deere sub-compact or compact utility tractor is right for you and help get you up and running.

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